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June 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A 14-year-old girl riding in a mountain bike race was attacked at night by a bear and severely injured, but she made a 911 call that led to her rescue. The girl suffered head, neck, torso and leg wounds. She was in critical condition in Anchorage, police said.
January 10, 1986 | COLIN GARDNER
"The Torso" is the unifying theme of an eclectic group show featuring 11 artists working in a variety of media. Unlike the more popular genres of landscape, still life and portraiture, the torso is an oddly idiosyncratic form, replete with contradictions and ambiguity. Its stunted, limbless disfiguration suggests physical violence, sadomasochism, a sense of incompleteness.
April 10, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
There are at least three great reasons to see "Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome," the newly opened antiquities exhibition at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. A major sculpture anchors each of the show's three rooms, and together they tell an accelerating story of artistic and social power on the ancient Mediterranean island. Chronologically, the first is a straightforward male torso, his finely chiseled marble body quietly brimming with latent energy. Second comes a preening charioteer, physically just larger than life but expressively very much so. And third is a depiction of a minor god with major fertility on his mind, his powerful physicality an embodiment of the contortions of carnal lust, both corporeal and psychological.
December 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man who was shot and killed Wednesday night near the border of Bell and Maywood, authorities said. The shooting occurred at about 10 p.m. in the 4500 block of Randolph Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The man, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.   [Update, 1:15 p.m. PST Dec. 26: The sheriff's department says the victim was 17-year-old Luis Mendez, who was walking on Randolph Street when he was chased and shot by four men. The suspects fled in a vehicle.
October 24, 2003 | From Associated Press
A nude torso of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, went on public display in New York on Thursday -- the first time the alluring marble sculpture from the 1st century BC has been seen outside her mythical birthplace. With her classic figure and glowing patina, "Aphrodite Anadyomene," or Aphrodite emerging from the sea, literally came out of the Mediterranean. The 3-foot-tall torso was recovered by divers at Na Paphos in 1956 on the southwest coast of Cyprus.
August 11, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein
The exercise is called a triceps kick, but it will give a workout to several other parts of the body too. It's demonstrated by Pasadena-based fitness expert, video host and teacher Tracey Mallett ( She is the founder of Booty Barre, a technique that combines elements of dance, yoga and Pilates to strengthen and stretch the body. As you do the exercise, make sure that the spine, neck and head are aligned and that the movements are slow and deliberate. What it does In addition to strengthening the triceps this dynamic exercise also engages lower body muscles such as the glutes and hamstrings as well as the core.
November 12, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A 25-year-old man walking in his Canoga Park neighborhood Monday was shot and killed by an unknown gunman. Witnesses told police the man was walking north on Loma Verde Avenue at 5:25 p.m. when a dark-colored vehicle, possibly an SUV, pulled up. The driver got out, ran up to the victim and opened fire, shooting him several times in the torso.
January 9, 2012 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Use light weights in this exercise for a convenient, fast and effective way to work the fronts and backs of your arms at the same time. Remember to pull your abdominal muscles in to support your spine in this forward bend. Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Grasp a pair of 3- to 5-pound dumbbells, bend your knees slightly and lean forward so your torso is almost parallel to the floor. Keep your elbows next to the sides of your torso. Straighten your right arm behind you until your elbow is straight and next to your body.
November 22, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
If one side of your back feels a little tighter than the other, perform this stretch on a regular basis. It's a simple, excellent way to bring flexibility and balance to both sides of your torso. Start by kneeling on a padded surface or mat. Position a yoga block on the floor just to the right of your body. Place your right foot on the floor with your toes, knee and thigh pointing to the right. Be sure your right heel is lined up across from your left knee. Lift your chest and let your arms hang straight down.
January 3, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Practice this classic yoga posture called "reverse warrior" to strengthen your legs, stretch the muscles on the sides of your torso and open your hips. Remember to be patient with this pose. With regular practice, it will help ease back pain and improve your posture and gait. Begin with your feet parallel to each other in a wide stance. Turn your right foot out and your left foot in slightly. Bend your right knee to a 90-degree angle so that your right knee is directly above your right foot.
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